Kim Jones, the British-born designer in charge of Louis Vuitton's menswear line, considers himself a citizen of the world — with good reason: He grew up traveling with his hydrologist father through Botswana, the Amazon and Egypt. He attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and upon graduation did stints at Uniqlo, Mulberry, Hugo Boss, Dunhill and Alexander McQueen before he began his tenure at Paris-based Louis Vuitton in 2011. He continues to travel to far-flung destinations, as indicated by his collections. Spring/Summer 2015 reflected a trip to Jodhpur and Jaipur. Another trip took him to Bhutan and Nepal to gather inspiration for the house's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, which featured snow leopard prints, yak felt, and Himalayan stones as buttons. Jones, pictured below (right) talks about his favorite things below ...
What is your favorite hotel?
I don't have one in particular, but I like the Fasano hotels in Brazil (pictured above), the China Club in Beijing and the Molori Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.
What is your preferred stationary?
Personalized stationary from Smythson.
What is your favorite hometown restaurant?
The Wolseley in London.
What is your favorite destination?
I really like the sense of mystery that surrounds the Himalayas and the kingdom of Bhutan. They feel exotic, almost from another time. On our trip to Bhutan, we discovered that it's the only place in the world where snow leopards and tigers cross paths. We incorporated that into the [Fall/Winter 2013] collection with these scary, cute prints by Jake and Dinos Chapman.
What is your favorite clothing store?
Rellik—the best vintage shop in London.
Who are your fashion icons?
I had the chance to be guided in my career by amazing people such as Louise Wilson [of Central Saint Martins] and Alexander McQueen. I also collect vintage clothes from the '70s to the mid '90s.
What are your travel essentials?
An iPod with a ton of music and a Louis Vuitton Keepall.
What bands are you listening to now?
At the moment I'm listening to R.E.M. a lot.